The woke culture war never sleeps, it only grows more insane by the day. After tearing down statues and renaming high schools, leftists have moved on to renaming birds.
When you run out of people to cancel, you have to cancel the birds.
Today the American Ornithological Society (AOS) announced that in an effort to address past wrongs and engage far more people in the enjoyment, protection, and study of birds, it will change all English bird names currently named after people within its geographic jurisdiction.
Ornithologists have long grappled with historical and contemporary practices that contribute to the exclusion of Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, including how birds are named. For example, in 2020, the AOS renamed a small prairie songbird found on the Great Plains to “Thick-billed Longspur.” The bird’s original name—honoring John P. McCown, an amateur naturalist who later became a general in the Confederate Army during the U.S. Civil War—was perceived as a painful link to slavery and racism.
Today, the AOS is taking decisive action to reframe the issue of birds named after people altogether.
Dozens and dozens of birds will be canceled. People are racist. All people. And so naming birds after people just perpetuates racism.
Birds that will be renamed include those currently called Wilson’s warbler and Wilson’s snipe, both named after 19th century naturalist Alexander Wilson. Audubon’s shearwater, a seabird named for John James Audubon, also will get a new name.
Get ready to say goodbye to a lot of familiar bird names, like Anna’s Hummingbird, Gambel’s Quail, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Bewick’s Wren, Bullock’s Oriole, and more.
Finally the great avian oppression will end. Now we can move on to renaming microscopic organisms after members of the Black Panthers.